As negotiations are in the beginning processes between the City of Spokane and the Spokane Police Guild, versus the Citizens of Spokane and is now quite clear that Mayor Woodward, and the City Council’s effort to falsely portray the Police Ombudsman as all involved in and all okay with the previous contract OPO Logue’s question of “IF NOT NOW WHEN?” should be a battle cry for those seeking legitimate oversight of SPD.
As I previously reported the OPO is muzzled by the Guild contract to the point he will not be able to offer an opinion regarding some of the investigations going on right now at SPD that Mayor Woodward is doing everything she can to obstruct and delay the details of those investigations being made public. The was some publicity. Some of those investigations include one where there is reasonable cause to believe two SPD PACT Officers Winston Brooks and Scott Lesser committed the crime of Perjury in Federal Court.
The recent case of former SPD PACT member Senior Police Officer Jarod M Beasley who is alleged to have punched/hit a handcuffed suspect Beasley retiring prior to the investigation being completed. Although not exactly the same a situation similar to this one.
The case of payroll fraud where SPD Supervisors allowed TAC Team Officers to work overtime and then gave them a few days off without requiring them to take vacation or compensatory time off.
And several more that the OPO could and should write a Closing Report for even if he can’t tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth because of the Guild Contract.
So let us look at what the OPO really thinks about not being able to mention Officers names, give an opinion on discipline or lack there of the email exchanges imaged below make it very clear that despite Mayor Woodward’s and the City Councils malarky about the OPO being on board with the last Guild Contract were just that MALARKY.
With all of the whining going on by Mayor Woodard and Chief Meidl using bunk data in an effort to try to support a softening of the “New Laws” let us look at an SPD case the State Legislature reviewed during the process of legislating those new laws.
The John Bird case only came to my attention by watching OPOC meetings where the issue of misidentified people during Terry v. Ohio stops came up, so as any reporter would do I submitted PRR to get as many facts as possible, and the facts are clear that Chief Meidl’s crew tried to hide what transpired with John Bird, and the only way the OPO found out was because John Bird made a complaint to the OPO.
Perhaps the best way to address this is to provide the link below to the BWC video regarding the John Bird case so you can see exactly what happened.
*** Former SPD Officer and SPD PACT member Jarod Beasley recently retired prior to the investigation of Beasley assaulting a handcuffed suspect.
The reason I feel the John Bird case which is one of many is important because it points out that the OPO is so restricted by the Guild Contract and what the OPO can say any softening of the “New Laws”, has to be with a strengthening of the powers of the OPO in the new Guild Contract being negotiated, without solid legitimate oversight abuses will take place.
So, Madam Mayor and City Council… “IF NOT NOW WHEN”?
In my humble opinion, I don’t think it is a clever idea to use government resources to call a press conference and produce a widely disseminated video of the press conference especially if the assassination attempt fails and leads to civil litigation which can end up being quite costly for taxpayers.
I also don’t feel it is a promising idea to even come close to risking taxpayer dollars by mentioning what could very possibly be HIPAA protected information concerning a political candidate you do not support and have just fired.
I also don’t think it is a clever idea to claim that a media outlet was going to do an “expose” on the candidate you don’t support unless you can offer specific proof that there was going to be an “expose” because who knows a news director might challenge the truth of the matter asserted. Certainly using the term “expose” instead of “story” or “news piece” is a desirable choice of terms if someone wants to make things sound really bad, but IMO not a good choice of terms.
Just from a political perspective, although it is part of the game to try and assassinate an opponents character, I think it would be a good idea before you do a presser to evaluate how ones actions will be perceived by voters from both sides of the political aisle because you risk the possibility that for example Democrats will come out in droves to vote for a Republican candidate simply because they don’t like the dirty tactics, and it could very easily turn off many Republicans who have been victims of public character assassination in the past by the Sheriff. Another thing that should be considered is the possibility that a Democrat candidate for Sheriff might jump in prior to May 20, 2022, and take advantage of all the Republican mess going on.
Just a few observations from someone unencumbered with a political ideology who doesn’t like dishonesty in law enforcement.
I’ve mentioned earlier about what is going on in Grant County and it is blowing up in an interesting way according to Public Records, and it sure doesn’t look good for Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones who is the Vice President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) nor does it look good for WASPC.
Tim Rasmussen the Stevens County Prosecutor was appointed as a Special Prosecutor to look into allegations of payroll fraud in the Grant County Sheriff’s Office based upon allegations that were made by former Grant County Sheriff’s Office Staff.
I really like the way Prosecutor Rasmussen handled his Special Prosecutor duties which is demonstrated in his final report and demonstrates what can happen if an Internal/Administrative Investigation precedes a criminal investigation which is happening here in Spokane with respect to the Winston Brooks, Scott Lesser case. My first contact with Prosecutor Rasmussen regarding the case was on December 3, 2021, and I was satisfied after that contact that he would take the case seriously despite the constraints involved which he has, and now it is up to others to carry the ball.
There are two key elements of Rasmussen’s report which stand out and go directly to issues of honesty and ethics in law enforcement.
This portion of the report speaks for itself and demonstrates how many things are not included in Internal/Administrative Investigations.
You can read the entire Rasmussen Report at this link.